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    (450 BC-462)
    Located at Olympia, or modern day Athens, Greece
    Designed by Greek architect Libon
    One of the seven wonders of the ancient world
    It was built completely out of gold and ivory, pretty much assuring that it would be destroyed or parts of it stolen.
    It was built in celebration of the Greek god Zeus.
    It barely fit into the temple it was designed to fit in.
    It was built to commemorate the Olympic games which, today, would be lucky to see even mediocre television ratings, let alone a magnificent statue.
    It was given gifts by various rulers around the world despite being an inanimate object.
    Reconstructions of it are almost always inaccurate.
    It was a sitting Zeus statue that, had he stood up, would have went through the roof of the temple.
    It had many representations, such as Victory.
    It was no longer seen by people when the Olympics were condemned as Pagan practices and its temple closed down (391 AD).
    It was struck by earthquakes, landslides and floods at Olympia, yet survived.
    It was transported to Constantinople where it stayed until it was destroyed by a severe fire and forever lost (462 AD).
    It was envied by many other nations of the ancient world, and copied, but never duplicated.
    In a statue-obsessed culture like Greece, it was considered to be the greatest in Greek sculpture.

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